Classes

CLASSES/SOCIAL DANCING

St Andrews United Reformed Church hall, London Road, Reading, RG1 5BD

(entrance via the car park on Craven Road).

We run two classes from September to June – a graduated General/Mixed Ability Class and an Advanced Class. The emphasis is on fun and teamwork, as well as improving our skills, learning new dances and enjoying familiar ones.

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GENERAL (MIXED ABILITY) CLASS

Teachers: Steve Kelly and Kate Thomson

Guest Teacher: Deborah Draffin

Wednesdays 7.30 to 10.00 pm from 7 September 2022 to 26 April 2023

7.30 to 8.45 Beginners, improvers, intermediates (advanced dancers very welcome)

8.45 to 9.00 Refreshments break

9.00 to 10.00 Intermediate and advanced only

The first half hour focuses on basic technique and instruction to improve the proficiency of steps, figures, etiquette and the understanding of dance terminology, with easier dances focused on beginners and improvers. The pace then quickens somewhat when beginners and improvers can learn and benefit from dancing with more experienced dancers. After the break, the pace and difficulty increase and the focus is more on social dancing at intermediate level. The last hour is not suitable for beginners.

Wednesdays 8.00 to 10.00 pm in May and June

The whole evening consists of social dancing for all abilities, led by guest teachers or committee/club members.

Sometimes, the teacher for the coming week will provide cribs for his/her next class and these will be available for downloading here:

See past programmes from Wednesday classes.

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ADVANCED CLASS

Teacher: Anne Carter

The first two Thursdays of every month 8.00 to 10.00 pm from 8 September 2022 to 8 June 2023

This class is for capable, experienced and energetic dancers who are able to perform all steps and most formations to a good standard.

See past programmes from Thursday classes

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Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary for cribs, videos, explanation of steps and formations and much more.